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Adam Pendleton: My Education, A Portrait of David Hilliard

January 18 — April 9, 2017
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Ryerson Image Centre
Guest Curator: Andrea Picard

My Education: A Portrait of David Hilliard takes viewers to the site of a fatal 1968 gun battle between Black Panther Party activists and the police of Oakland, California. Hilliard, a founding member of the BPP, recalls the shootout from half a century earlier, describing how police followed and surrounded the Panthers, initiating the attack. My Education’s quiet, contemplative mood and luminescent black-and-white images contrast with and trouble Hilliard’s descriptions of violence and eruption, inviting discussion about a fraught moment in American history.





Event(s):

Opening Party
Wednesday, January 18
6:00–8:00 PM

Exhibition Tour
Paul Roth and Julie Crooks
Wednesday, February 22
6:00 PM

Artist Talk
Adam Pendleton
Wednesday, March 15
7:00 PM

Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 PM

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted

Co-presented with the Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue

3 large screens in an empty room show the same image repeated, a close up of an open mouth
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Adam Pendleton, My Education: A Portrait of David Hilliard, three-channel black-and-white video, 9 minutes 19 seconds, 2011–2014. Courtesy of the artist

Artist and Curator Bios

Adam Pendleton
Artist

Adam Pendleton (American, b 1984) is a conceptual artist known for his multidisciplinary practice, which includes painting, publishing, collage, video and performance. He often engages with language, both figuratively and literally, and addresses the re-contextualization of history. Through his work, the artist seeks to establish “a future dynamic where new historical narratives and meanings can exist.” Pendleton has participated in exhibitions internationally, in venues including MoMA, New Museum, and The Kitchen in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Whitechapel Gallery, London. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Andrea Picard
Guest Curator

Andréa Picard has worked for TIFF since 1999, and was a member of the TIFF Cinematheque programming team for 12 years. Since 2006 she has curated Wavelengths, the Festival’s critically acclaimed avant-garde programme. As an independent writer and curator, she has collaborated with local and international institutions such as Le Centre Pompidou, Vienna’s Belvedere and MAK museums, the 25FPS festival in Zagreb, and the Secession. Picard has sat on juries for numerous organizations and festivals worldwide. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Images Festival, and is a former Board Member of Art Metropole.

Installation Shots

White text on a black wall that reads "Adam Pendleton: My Education: A Portrait of David Hilliard"
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Adam Pendleton: My Education, A Portrait of David Hilliard (installation view), 2017 © James Morley, Ryerson Image Centre

A black and white still projected on a black wall
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Adam Pendleton: My Education, A Portrait of David Hilliard (installation view), 2017 © James Morley, Ryerson Image Centre

A frame from a black and white video projected on a black wall. Text on-screen reads "Black panther party"
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Adam Pendleton: My Education, A Portrait of David Hilliard (installation view), 2017 © James Morley, Ryerson Image Centre

Sponsors

Co-presented with the Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue